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Fifth Street looking west
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
This view looking west on 5th Street towards Los Angeles Street covers the south side of the 200 block. The Biltmore Hotel (160 East Fifth Street) is visible at the end of the image, which starts at the Vasa Cafe at 216 East Fifth Street. Pedestrians fill the wide sidewalks, and a patron sitting on a counter stool at Vasa turns to look outside.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-006-982 8x10
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Vasa Cafe (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Los Angeles
Fifth Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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